10 MIN­UTES WITH… JAMES NOR­TON ON…

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…be­ing sur­prised by the suc­cess of Grantch­ester

No one an­tic­i­pated it would do as well as it has. I was fresh and green, hop­ing it was go­ing to catch the pub­lic at­ten­tion. And it did – I def­i­nitely owe a lot to the show.

…film­ing his fi­nal se­ries

It’s been a priv­i­lege to play such a won­der­ful char­ac­ter, but I feel like there are other vic­ars, other con­flicted souls, to ex­plore. So it’s time to pass on the dog col­lar to Tom Brit­tney as Rev­erend Will Daven­port. I had a cou­ple of light-hearted con­ver­sa­tions with some of the pro­duc­ers of­fer­ing my dra­matic, ab­surd, far-fetched ver­sions of his exit. I wanted Sid­ney to be the vic­tim of a grue­some mur­der and then the new vicar would have to in­ves­ti­gate the crime.

…shed­ding a tear say­ing good­bye to co-star Rob­son Green

The fi­nal scene I did with Rob­son was very sad. It’s no se­cret that Rob­son and I are good friends. The lines be­tween the re­al­ity and the story are so blurred. The re­la­tion­ship Sid­ney and Ge­ordie had was largely in­formed by that. And so when you have two friends hav­ing a ver­sion of a good­bye, both Rob­son and James and Ge­ordie and Sid­ney were all in this emo­tional mess. l

Grantch­ester re­turns to ITV on Fri­day at 9pm.

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